There are so many durian stores and stalls around the city that I have been to. One of them is Rosario’s Fruit Stop at Bankerohan. It is far different from the rest because they sell wide varieties of Durian fruit and unique processed fruit products.
They have around nine to eleven Durian fruit varieties sold in their store. And I had the chance to taste each one of them.
For starters who want to try durian but are very reluctant to smell and taste, gladly, the Thailand Monthong has weaker taste and odor but leaves a light creamy aftertaste in your mouth. If you like a somewhat bittersweet taste and with a light to dark orange meaty pulp, then you should try the Puyat variety. With a little bitterness and a rich creamy durian flavor, you can also try the Arancillo variety. If you are flavor-adventurous and crave for a strong flavor, then D-101 is perfect for you. It has a combination of strong Durian taste and a bit of coffee-like aroma in it.
“They have registered three varieties with the Philippine Seed Board: Duyaya (Reg. No. PSB 99-DR-06), Sulit (Reg. No. PSB 00-DR-07), and Nanam (Reg. No. PSB 00-DR-08). The Duyaya variety was coined after ‘Durian na biyaya’ since, according to them, it provides their family ‘blessings in the form of good and wonderful harvest.’ As for Sulit, he called it such because of ‘its thicker meat and succulent, sweet taste.’ Nanam, on the other hand, is a Bagobo term for ‘delicious’” Edge Davao, Rosario Fruit Stuff: From neophyte to Durian King.
The family-owned business started around thirteen years ago when they had grown Durian at Calinan, Davao City and thought that selling solely of fresh fruits was not enough, so they decided to take on fruit processing. From then on they expanded their business and produced products such as durian jam, durian yema, durian candy, durian chips, durian dip, vacuum packed frozen durian, frozen durian pulp and with other fruit products made of Marang, Mangosteen, Guava and Guyabano.
Durian yema is one of my favorites. The Durian taste is greatly preserved despite the addition of different balance of milkiness and starchiness. That’s what makes it different from the other Durian yema sold in other stores. Another interesting product is their Durian chips which are made of unripe Durian pulps sliced thinly and made into chips. A perfect partner to the chips is a very delectable Durian dip. The dip is naturally made of mainly Durian, bell peppers, vinegar, herbs and spices. Exotic as it sounds, “Durian dip” in my point of taste (view), is an introduction to a new category of dips in the culinary world. It can be used to make vinaigrette or dressing for vegetable salads, or dip for tortillas and nachos. Another derivative of the Durian dip is the not-yet-commercialized hot and spicy Durian dip, which again in my view is more appetizing than the original dip due to its stronger durian punch and spiciness. These products are forerunners in my taste buds. Surely if you will get the chance to taste them, you’ll love them too.
Rosario’s Fruit Stop has passed the accreditations such as Halal and the Davao Branding Program. It is also assisted by Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Southern Mindanao Integrated Agricultural Research Center (SMIARC), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Department of Agriculture (DA).
There is no denying that when we hear the word “durian”, it already means “Davao.” Thus, it became Davao’s signature and symbol through time. And Rosario’s Fruit Stop never fails to contribute to our city through their passion for Durian.
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